A research team from the University of Michigan, Leibniz Universitat Hannover, and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) investigated the long-term and transient effects of environmental operating conditions (EOC) on the structural response and performance of wind turbine towers. An array of six Martlets with tri-axial accelerometers was installed on the Whisper 500 wind turbine by Southwest Windpower Inc atop a 12.3m tall steel structure in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. The structure was specially designed as a test bed for wind turbine research and features a pivot point in the middle of the structure that allows for artificial damage to be introduced by replacing the base locking bolt with a spring. The week-long experiment demonstrated the reliability of the Martlet for DAQ applications and provided a valuable dataset for extracting the effect of EOCs on the vibration response of structures in the field.

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Journal Articles
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2016
[1]Häckell, Moritz W, Rolfes, Raimund, Kane, Michael B and Lynch, Jerome P, "Three-Tier Modular Structural Health Monitoring Framework Using Environmental and Operational Condition Clustering for Data Normalization: Validation on an Operational Wind Turbine System", In Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE, vol. 104, no. 8, pp. 1632–1646, 2016. [bibtex] [doi]
Conference Papers
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2017
[2]TSIAPOKI, STAVROULA, LYNCH, JEROME P, KANE, MICHAEL and ROLFES, RAIMUND, "Improvement of the Damage Detection Performance of a SHM Framework by using AdaBoost: Validation on an Operating Wind Turbine", In 11th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, 2017. [bibtex] [pdf]
[1]BAHRAMI, OMID, TSIAPOKI, STAVROULA, KANE, MICHAEL B, LYNCH, JEROME P and ROLFES, RAIMUND, "Extraction of Environmental and Operational Conditions of Wind Turbines using Tower Response Data for Structural Health Monitoring", In 11th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, 2017. [bibtex] [pdf]